Thanks for your question. First, let me request that if any of the
following is unclear or if you require any further research please
dont hesitate to ask me for a clarification.
You asked What is the $ sales size of the home automation industry
(i.e. "smart homes" all whole house automation systems, automation
devices for the home. Not business automation?)
Electronic business published the following data and estimates for the
size of the home automation industry in terms of number of households
where networks are in place
U.S. HOME NETWORKS includes data, entertainment, home
automation/control networks and hybrids)
Year millions of households
SOURCE: INTERNATIONAL DATA CORP., FRAMINGHAM, MA, SECOND QUARTER
Another article, published in SDM in September 2000, estimates the
size of the home automation industry at $360 million in 1990, and at
$2.9 billion in 2000. The article predicts a 20-year growth rate of
705% for the industry. These numbers are based on research compiled
from the following sources: The Freedonia Group; Frost & Sullivan;
Hallcrest Division; SAIC; J.P. Freeman; Sandra Jones & Company; STAT
According to a February 2003 article in SDM, the cost of home
automation is typically upwards of $20k per home. However, the range
Pricing varies for systems depending on capability and complexity to
the point that estimating what people would pay is difficult. In
speaking to various integrators, however, systems can sell for as
little as $3,000 for basic home automation to $50,000 for full control
of every electronic function in the home via LCD touch screens, with
custom programming scenarios for the equipment the homeowner is
Interestingly, recently the home automation trend is becoming more
While some sources suggest that automation installations can range
from around a thousand to hundreds of thousands of dollars and more,
overall the demand for automation and home networking has moved
down-market from the very rich into the sub-$200,000 house.
One more estimate for market size comes from Appliance Manufacturer
According to Charles McGrath, executive director of the Home
Automation Association, the home automation market is expected to grow
by 9% this year. The biggest area of growth will be structured wiring
and home networking, which is expected to grow by 100% and reach $500
million in revenues.
I hope this response adequately addresses your request. Please let me
know if you are in need of additional information concerning this
CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE
Electronic Business, 27 (8): 68, August 2001
Cahners Business Information
'Tremendous' U.S. Security Industry Growth
SDM, 30 (12): 18, September 2000
Cahners Business Information
Step by step to the smart home: contingent on many emerging factors,
the popularity of automation is finally hitting home.
Security Distributing & Marketing (SDM), 33 (2): 34, February 2003.
Business News Publishing Co.
9 percent growth for home automation
Appliance Manufacturer; Chicago, Jan 2000
by Charmaine Marosi
home near automation
Request for Answer Clarification by
10 Mar 2003 11:13 PST
This was a good try, and gave me some information I did not have, but
failed to give me anything non-mush. Home networking and structured
wiring are not really the home automation industry. What I am tlaking
about are smart home devices -- automated HVAC, lighting, pool and
spa, landscaping, security, entertainment systems...all Subsystems and
full "whole house" coordinated systems that integrate it all.
Please understand, I think I got my money's worth from your answer,
but it was not quite enough. If you have an interest in peeling down
another layer -- to get specific on the home automation industry per
se, I don't have a problem paying more.